Kenneth Ashley, MD, FAPM, DFAPA is an assistant professor of Psychiatry in the Clinician/Educator Track at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, an attending psychiatrist in the Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and Director of Mental Health Services in the Peter Krueger Center for Immunological Disorders, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Institute for Advanced Medicine. Dr. Ashley has been active in numerous mental health organizations where much of his work has been focused on addressing health disparities/health equity for people of color, LGBT populations, and HIV. He has also both written and presented on mental health issues in HIV and cultural diversity, including LGBT issues nationally and internationally.
Carmen Vasquez was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Harlem, New York. She was the founding Director of the Women’s Building in San Francisco, helped found the Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center in San Francisco, and the LGBT Health & Human Services Network – a coalition of 55-plus organizations and groups in New York advocating for LGBT Health and Human Services –securing more than $64 million dollars in state funding for its members. She is a founder and principal author of Causes in Common (a national coalition of Reproductive Justice and LGBT Liberation activists) and of the Pride in Action programs at Empire State Pride Agenda. Vasquez is the recipient of an Honorary Law Degree from the City University of New York School of Law and her papers are part of the permanent collection at the Sophia Smith Archives at Smith College. She serves on the National Advisory Boards of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance. Her essays have been published in several anthologies. Carmen is currently the Coordinator of the LGBT Health and Human Services Unit with the AIDS Institute of the NYS Department of Health, and lives in Brooklyn, NY
Antoine B. Craigwell, as a journalist, contributed to Out In Jersey magazine and The Bilerico Project. He reported for several publications including FORTUNE Small Business magazine, The Bronx Times Reporter, The New York Amsterdam News, and was the assistant editor with The Network Journal. He graduated from Bernard Baruch College of the City University of New York, and in 2008 he earned awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the New York Association of Black Journalists, and the National LGBT Journalists Association. Antoine started facilitating community discussion forums on depression in Black gay men in 2010, the subject of a book he’s writing, and in 2012 produced the documentary “You Are Not Alone”. The documentary has been featured, earning “official selection” laurels, at several domestic and international film festivals, and community screenings around the country. It was included in a package of films selected to represent the Government of Guyana at Carifesta XI held in Suriname in August 2013, and featured in a presentation hosted in Nairobi, Kenya. In July 2012, Antoine presented a poster exhibition “Examining Depression and HIV in Black gay men” at the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. He founded and is president and CEO of Depressed Black Gay Men (DBGM), Inc., an organization committed to raising awareness of the underlying factors contributing to depression in Black gay men, to prevent their suicides. He has appeared as a featured guest on several online and studio radio and television shows, including a segment on AriseTV, BronxNet TV, and on “Street Soldiers” with Lisa Evers on Hot97 FM. Antoine has conducted workshops on the intersection of HIV and depression, affecting Black gay men, at conferences, including for the Jefferson Comprehensive Care Systems, Inc., in Hot Springs, Arkansas; Bee Busy Annual Conference, Houston, Texas; Mandate Annual Conference in Washington, DC; the State of Illinois Department of Health Annual HIV/AIDS Conference; and the Boston University sponsored National HIV/AIDS Social Workers Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana. In October 2014, he and DBGM together with the LGBT Diversity Office at Rutgers University, Newark Campus, hosted the first-ever LGBT People of Color Mental Health Summit. Together with DBGM and in partnership with Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Diversity Council, Antoine worked on “In My Mind: A LGBT People of Color Mental Health Conference – Examining Our Challenges, Healing for Our Strengths” on October 8 at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Phillips Ambulatory Care Center, Friedman Conference Center, in Union Square, NYC.